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Bill McSwain: District Attorney Larry Krasner must be removed from Mumia Abu-Jamal appeal

Conflicts within Krasner’s office warrant the appointment of a special prosecutor 

West Chester, Pa. — Bill McSwain, Republican Candidate for Governor, today called for the appointment of a special prosecutor to defend the conviction of Mumia Abu-Jamal in his upcoming appeal hearing, scheduled for March 2nd. Abu-Jamal was convicted and sentenced to death (later changed to life imprisonment) for the 1981 murder of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner and has repeatedly appealed his sentence over the years. Faulkner’s widow, Maureen Faulkner, has filed a petition to disqualify Krasner’s office from handling the defense of the conviction, citing Krasner’s ties to organizations sympathetic to Abu-Jamal, as well as the previous representation of Abu-Jamal by one of Krasner’s current employees. 

McSwain expressed his support for Faulkner and her petition, and called for the appointment of a special prosecutor: 

There are numerous conflicts of interest that prevent Larry Krasner or any member of his office from honestly defending the conviction of cold-blooded murderer Mumia Abu-Jamal. For Krasner to participate in this case despite his bias in favor of Abu-Jamal would violate his duty as District Attorney, as well as insult Maureen Faulkner and the entire Faulkner family. 

Abu-Jamal has had his time in court, and then some. He should, at the very least, remain in prison for life. I am calling for the appointment of a special prosecutor so that Krasner does not usher onto the streets yet another obviously guilty, convicted murderer. As Governor, I will do everything in my power to ensure that justice prevails and Abu-Jamal remains in prison until his final breath, and will also support the death penalty for any future criminal convicted of killing a police officer. Maureen and her family, and police families, deserve nothing less.

BACKGROUND: 

Appointed by President Trump, McSwain’s record as US Attorney demonstrates his fierce defense of constitutional rights, dedication to upholding law and order, and history of putting criminals and corrupt politicians in jail. 

Prior to becoming an attorney, Bill served as a scout/sniper platoon commander in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was born in Philadelphia and raised in Chester County, where he lives today with his wife, Stephanie, and their four children.More information on McSwain’s background and platform is available here.

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